My name is Naomi and I am a new blogger for British Curlies.
So a little bit of information on my background story.
As I said my name is Naomi and I am a naturalista of 5 years. I refer to my hair with the female pronounce lol. So basically She is 5 years old now, going onto 5 and half years.
I big chopped on the 20th of February 2012 and my last relaxer was on the 8th of August 2011. I also document my hair journey on my Instagram (@afroque_) and on YouTube (Naomi Owusu), check it out!
In five years I’ve learned quite a lot about my hair and the necessity of knowing some information that might seem like being a bit excessive to some naturals. But trust and believe when I say that these tips will definitely help change your hair’s behaviour, whether it be dry, undefined, tangly, or even crunchy. I got you on this one!
I will be giving you guys blogposts on how to incorporate different methods in your hair care routine to nourish your flow, kinky, curly tresses.
First of all, hair porosity
You probably wonder; what the heck is hair porosity. Hair porosity is the indication on how well your hair takes up moisture and releases moisture. This all has to do with how “open” your hair cuticles are. There are three categories in this which are: low, normal, and high porosity.
Low porosity hair takes a longer time to actually get moisturised but takes a longer time to release the moisture once in. The best way to moisturise low porosity hair is by using a hair steamer or deep conditioning using the bagging method. Warmth, or good heat opens up the hair cuticles allowing more moisture in.
Low porosity hair is more prone to build up, so washing 1-2 times weekly is recommended!
Normal/medium porosity hair is just in between. It doesn’t take too long to take up moisture, and it doesn’t lose moisture too quickly and doesn’t keep it for too long either. That’s what She is. Normal porosity hair can use methods from both low and high porosity and still remain moisturised.
High porosity hair takes up moisture very easily but loses it very quickly. The hair cuticles on high porosity hair stand more open and because of this, moisture gets into the hair strands much easier. But if the hair strand is not sealed up well It loses the moisture as quickly as it gained it.
High porosity hair is also more prone to frizz because of how easily dry it can get.
The best way to keep high porosity hair sealed up is by using heavy oils and butters and the end of your moisture routine like shea butter, mango butter, almond oil, or olive oil to help control the moisture loss. Moisturising 1-2 times a week is recommended for High porosity hair.
“Okay, but how do I found out what my hair porosity is?”
The easiest and best way to figure out what your hair porosity is is by using the glass of water method. You basically grab a glass and fill it with cold/room temperature water. Once done, you take a strand of hair, whether shed or if you are brave enough just take one from your scalp and drop it in the glass. The quicker your hair sinks to the bottom the higher your hair’s porosity. If it takes a bit more time to get down to the bottom, the lower your hair’s porosity.
“Okay, done that. So now what kind of products are best for my hair porosity type?”
Well, for all hair types you want to use products that are very intensely moisturising, but you especially want to use that when you have low porosity hair. A hair steamer is also recommended if you can afford it if you can’t deep conditioning your hair whilst taking a shower is also a good way to help your cuticles open up and take up more moisture. And also using light products. Using heavy oils and butters can cause build up in low porosity hair because it takes longer to take the products in. And could weigh your hair down, which nobody likes. Oils like coconut oil are perfect for low porosity hair cause it is so light.
High porosity hair as mentioned above is better off with the heavier products such as castor oil and shea butter. Moisturising at least twice weekly is also recommended to prevent the dryness in your hair and also to maintain definition and combat frizz. A helpful tip for my high porosity sisters is to wash your hair with lukewarm water and deep condition your hair (obviously) after deep conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water. Try and get it as cold as you can handle. I know it probably sounds like the craziest thing to do but it works, this method helps close your hair cuticles a bit more to help prevent moisture loss. And this method also helps with improving shine!
Normal porosity hair can use all the methods mentioned above with no problem.
Hope this helps you guys out and makes your hair journey a tad bit easier :).